Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tasty Thursday: Add Some Flavour

I've always been a grilled cheese sandwich kinda girl, my parents used to joke with me when I was younger that when I became an adult I would still be ordering off the kids menu....
My sandwiches have had a small upgrade since then in the form of a side of veggies instead of fries, and a sprinkling of spices on the inside for some added flavour.
My favourite spice blend is the Red Garlic Sansel by Epicure.  I sprinkled it on top of the cheese before I put the top bread on my sandwich...I also sprinkled some on top of my red pepper before grilling it...yum!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: Tea Tree Oil for Healthy Hair

I'm sure you've all heard of Tea Tree Oil before, it has a great reputation as an anti-breakout treatment, but in the last year I also discovered how amazing it is for my hair!
A few times a year I would get psoriasis on my scalp (I think that's what it was anyways)...and it was nasty...flakey...gross...embarrassing!  A few months ago when I noticed it coming on I tried out some Tea Tree oil shampoo that I had sitting around.  I had heard that it was good for preventing/getting rid of dandruff, so I thought maybe it would also help with my psoriasis issues as well.  It worked so well, and now I make sure to use Tea Tree oil in my Shampoo on a weekly basis to help prevent any scalp dryness issues.
Tea Tree oil fights bacteria, fungi and viruses, and it makes hair look fresh and shiny.  One of my friends even mentioned that Tea Tree oil Shampoo is great for school aged children to protect them from getting (and treating) head lice!  I also just read that it's great for treating cradle cap in babies....too bad I didn't know that a year ago!
If you want to try this out for yourself all you need to do is add a few drops to your dollop of shampoo before you wash your hair...easy peasy!
The great thing about this oil is that it's not actually one bit oily, so you don't need to worry about greasy hair at all!
You can find this oil in my dōTERRA virtual shop where it's named Melaleuca.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Quick Contouring with Cream Makeup Sticks

Contouring is a major make-up trend right now.  I've seen tutorials all over the web, and countless before and after pictures, but really who has time for that!?!  The time isn't the only issue I have with most contouring posts I've seen...I'm just not a fan of "fake-up"  I prefer looking made up, not like a completely different person.
Last year I made a few cream blush, highlighter and bronzer sticks...and ever since I've been using them in my daily make-up routine.  A few swipes of makeup later, and a little rubbing in with my fingers, my face is contoured just how I like it!
I start by swiping blush across the apples of my cheeks, then bronzer in my cheek hollows, along my hairline and down the bridge of my nose.  Finally highlighter goes on right above the blush, right below the arch of my brows, and in the cupids bow of my lips.  Then I quickly blend it in starting from the lightest colour to the darkest.  I'm done in under a minute!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Make it Monday: Draft and Sew a Custom Bikini Bottom

Here is the follow up to last weeks Sporty Bikini Top tutorial!  The pattern is drafted by tracing out your best fitting bikini bottoms or panties.

Materials and Supplies
-Bikini Bottom or Panties (to make the pattern)
-Paper, Pencil, Eraser & Ruler
-Measuring Tape
-Swim Suit Fabric & Lining (about 1/2 yard of each, I used a polyester/spandex knit for the lining)
-Thread to Match
-Chlorine Treated Elastic (1" Wide
 and 1/4" Wide)
- Sewing Machine

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sewing Sunday: Silk Slip Dress

Last week I posted about four fabrics that I couldn't make up my mind on what to make with them.  
I realized that if I made the floral silk fabric into a slip dress, I could make a flowy cropped top with the blue polka dot fabric that could be worn over top of the dress.  That way I could still mix the two prints together.
 I copied the pattern from my favourite slip dress, but changed the back of the dress to be a racerback style.  Next I cut out the fabric.  This was the first time in a very long time that I've made something that is cut on the bias, so I was a little nervous about how it would turn out.
 I carefully laid out the pattern pieces, and cut them as accurate as I could to ensure that I had the grain line perfect.
Next I sewed together the side seams, and then pinned the dress (only at the top) onto my dress form to let it hang overnight (an important step in making sure the side seams hang properly with bias cut garments) before I serged the seams and completed the dress.
 I finished the top edges of the dress by sewing on a bias binding strip.
I wish I had finished this dress while it was still summer time, but I think it will look beautiful in the Fall paired with burgundy and other rich Fall colours.
I just searched google to see if I could find a similar slip dress pattern to share if anyone wanted to make something similar...and I found pretty much the exact pattern as what I made!  The only thing different is it doesn't have a racerback, but that would be so easy to change!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Friday: Mixing Neutrals

 
What:
Top- Joe Fresh 
Skirt- Thrifted
Shoes- Aldo (similar)

After seeing this outfit on pinterest, I knew I wanted to recreate something similar, and luckily I had the right pieces for the job already in my closet.
I love the idea of mixing neutral prints from two different colour families (blues and browns in this case) when usually we're told to only mix prints that share colours....I guess when neutrals are involved anything goes!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tasty Thursday: Infused Oils and Vinegars

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A few months ago my Mother-in-law was telling me about some infused Olive Oils and Vinegars that she had used for dipping bread.  All the flavours sounded delicious, so she gave me my own set (from a proudly Canadian company) to try.  Instead of using mine as a bread dip I'm constantly mixing flavour combinations on top of my salads.
I love to use a citrus flavoured oil with a berry flavoured vinegar.  This makes for the easiest (and tastiest) salad dressing ever!  Just a few drops (or how much you like) of each on top of your salad, mix it up, and indulge!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wellness Wednesday: My favourite go to workout...Kettlebells!

I've mentioned a few times on my blog about running a few half marathons, and for awhile running was my only go-to workout.  In the last year I've switched things up a lot and have added more strength training to my workouts.
I was getting tired of being so gangly and awkward (think baby giraffe learning to walk) and I really wanted more muscle definition...Kettle Bell workouts have been the best thing ever for me!
I started out with a 15lb kettle bell, and tried out this Jillian Michaels workout.  It was hard!  But I was hooked!  There were a few moves that I couldn't do with the 15lbs, but after a couple weeks they were no problem.  It was crazy how quickly I grew stronger, and even started to out grow my weights.
I love that kettle bell workouts are a mixture of strength and cardio...by the end of it I'm dripping in sweat...and that's a good thing in my opinion!
Kettlebell Workout
1 min Cardio- I like Burpees, Jumping Jacks, Pike Jumps, High Knees, Butt Kicks...the list goes on
30 Halo (15 each direction)- Circling the Kettle Bell around your head (here)
30 Swings- I like to do single arm alternating...I also like to do one set swinging between the legs, and the next swinging from the outsides of my legs with my legs close together.
40 Clean and Press (10/side x2)- Shown Here
30 Single Leg Balance Deadlift (15/leg)- Shown Here
1 min Cardio
30 Single Leg Balance Row (15/side)- Balance with leg behind you, and row the kettle bell up with the opposite arm.
50 Russian Twists- Shown Here
30 Squat and Press- Squat down, press the weight up
40 Plank Pull Across- Get in high plank position with the bell set just outside your waist, pull the kettle bell across with the opposite arm from one side to the other switching arms.
1 min Cardio
30 Bridge Press (15/side)-  Lay on your back in bridge position, press up the weight slowly and back down.
40 Warrior 3 Balance Crunch- Shown Here
Alphabet Spell-out- Hold the bell in front of your body and spell out all the letters of the Alphabet in the air.

I wasn't actually planning on posting any workouts on my blog...and I'm definitely not trying to become a fitness blogger...but I happen to love this workout so much, maybe you will too!
If you want more kettle bell workouts from a REAL fitness blogger, you should check out Pumps and Iron!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Trendy Tuesday: Midi Skirt and Hi-Low Hems

Midi Skirt, Hi-Low Hem
Midi Dress
Hawaiian Print Dress
Hi-Low Hem
Hi-Low Hem, Silver Pumps
Midi skirts and li-low hems are trends that I can't get enough of.
When eShakti asked if I wanted to choose something to share on my blog I was all over this dress!  I actually had the dress length customized to mid-calf length (midi!) from the original length of just below the knee.  I love that all of eShakti's pieces are customizable!
A big deciding factor in choosing this dress was that I wanted to be able to pin up the hem (tutorial) to create a hi-low hem as another styling option.  I love having options!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Make It Monday: Design and Sew a Sporty Bikini Top

I've decided that I want to add lap swimming to my weekly workout mixture, so I needed a new bikini that would be super cute, but also functional for swimming laps.  I'm not a fan of one pieces, which I suppose would usually be the go to swim suit for most people who swim laps...but of course I'm not like most people..haha!

After seeing this Mara Hoffman bikini on Pinterest I knew I had to make something inspired by it!
I've put together some instructions on how I drafted my bikini top pattern, along with sewing instructions.

Materials and Supplies
-Sports Bra (for tracing)
-Paper, Pencil, Eraser & Ruler
-Measuring Tape
-Swim Suit Fabric & Lining (about 1/2 yard of each, I used a polyester/spandex knit for the lining)
-Thread to Match
-Chlorine Treated Elastic (1" Wide and 1/4" Wide)
- Sewing Machine